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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, Wireless On/Off Switch

TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, Wireless On/Off Switch

TP-LINK’s TL-WDR3600 is a performance optimized simultaneous dual band wireless router combining the blazing fast speeds of 300Mbps using the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps using the traditional 2.4GHz band. With simultaneous dual band, users have 600Mbps of total bandwidth to power numerous bandwidth intensive applications at the same time around a large home or office setting, where simple tasks such as e-mail or web browsing can be handled by the 2.4GHz band at 300Mbps and more latency sensitive tasks such as online gaming or HD video streaming can be processed over the 5GHz band at 300Mbps, at the same time. With five Gigabit ports and 800Mbps+ hardware NAT, your wired devices will have lightning-fast, lag-free connections and, in addition to 2 USB 2.0 ports capable of sharing flash storage, printers, ftp servers and media players, users can power a robust home media network.

  • Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 300Mbps connections for 600Mbps of total available bandwidth
  • 2*USB Ports – Easily share printers, files or media with your friends or family locally or over the internet
  • Full gigabit ports ensure ultimate transfer speeds
  • Achieves blazing WAN to LAN throughput of over 800Mbps with hardware NAT
  • Built-in media server allows users to share music, video and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or X-BOX 360
  • External detachable antennas allow for better alignment and stronger antenna upgrades
  • Simple wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
  • The device?s built-in print server supports wireless printing from different computers by connecting a USB printer to the router

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My wireless router has just died and i need to find another one fast for cheap!

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Answer by Offensive Technician
Good and cheap do not belong in the same sentence.

Ace: Cisco 3800 don’t come with wireless.
Having to buy enterprise grade router, switch, and aironet AP’s is a little ridiculous for a home setup.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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What customers say about TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Wireless N600 Dual Band Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5Ghz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, Wireless On/Off Switch?

  1. 93 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Super-fast, great range, lots of features, October 24, 2012
    S. Lionel (NH USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    + Fastest dual-band router I have used by far
    + Lots of configuration options in admin panel
    + DLNA server, FTP server, USB printer server and USB storage server
    – Physically large
    – No guest mode
    – Admin user interface can be confusing

    For the last two-plus years I have been using the Netgear WNDR3700V1 dual-band router. At the time I bought it, it was considered one of the fastest dual-band routers available, and it had lots of features. It does work very well, but Netgear has revised it twice and the subsequent V2 and V3 releases have diminished functionality and performance. While I have used many brands of routers in the past, TP-Link was new to me so I was curious to see how the TL-WDR4300 compared.

    The router itself is a large box. It’s attractive and has a nice design, but it is much wider than competing routers. It is also very lightweight. Perhaps the width is so that the three dual-band antennae can be physically separated more – I don’t know. There are keyhole slots on the bottom in case you want to wall-mount it, but as with most all routers, the wiring all goes to the back where the antennae are, so this might be awkward if your wiring comes from below.

    TP-Link provides a setup “wizard” on a mini-CD (you can also download it from their web site), but I just connected to it directly and configured it through the admin panel. I was delighted to see that the wireless networks came up pre-configured with WPA security and an 8-digit password – many routers are simply “open” when first configured. This encourages users to maintain security. You can set the wireless to WEP or even open if you want, but that’s generally ill-advised.

    Unlike a certain other brand of router I have tried two examples of (cough – D-Link – cough), the TP-Link had no trouble negotiating with the Ethernet feed of my FiOS optical network box (the equivalent of a cable modem). Some of the configuration features it had that I liked were:

    – Dynamic DNS support (though the selection of providers was limited)
    – Separate and easy to understand configuration of 2.4 and 5GHz bands
    – Ability to reserve IP addresses to specific devices

    Some of the things I didn’t like:
    – Only a single display of DHCP clients connected, rather than separating wired from wireless
    – IP reservation page did not let you select from known connections – you have to type the MAC address
    – No “guest mode” – this is a feature the Netgear WNDR3700 has that adds a second network which can be configured to give Internet access only and not access to your local network. This is great for houseguests and the like

    The admin user interface is straightforward, though it uses submenus and some of the pages seemed to duplicate others. For example, there were two different pages where one could enter DNS server addresses, and changes to one did not carry over to the other. While each page had pretty good instructions right in the dialog, some of the options were a bit confusing as to how to set them. But what really got me were the pages where I did not notice at first that a frame of the dialog had a scrollbar, and I had to scroll to the right to see additional links, even though there was lots of space for them to show otherwise. A full manual is on the CD as well as on the web site.

    Once set up I tested performance at a distance of about 25 feet through two walls. First I ran tests using the Netgear and then the TP-Link with the same remote server. The TP-Link delivered speeds 30-50% better than the Netgear on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The Netgear is very good about coverage in my house – it has eight (I think) internal patch antennae where the TP-Link has three, rather tall stick antennae. I found coverage to be at least as good as the Netgear, even about 50-60 feet away and through multiple walls. I could only go by “bars” of signal strength but it seemed to me that the TP-Link’s signal was stronger on both bands. Many dual-band routers are particularly weak on the 5GHz band.

    As the three antennae suggest, this router supports the “3X” mode of some Wireless N adapters for a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 450Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. Add those together and you get the “750” emblazoned on the router. The spec sheet I got indicates tested speeds of 241Mbps and 135Mbps respectively, still not shabby. The Ethernet ports are all Gigabit, and the test indicates LAN-WAN speeds as much as 935Mbps. That’s fast.

    The TL-WDR4300 has two USB 2.0 ports on back. These can connect to USB storage or to a USB printer. For storage the router will make the storage available as a network share, or you can enable an FTP server that can, if you wish, be accessed from the Internet. (The default is off.) Unfortunately, only standard FTP is supported, not SFTP over…

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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I think I’d wait for the next firmware update.., November 13, 2012
    David (New Hampshire USA) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    I used the stock firmware and had also upgraded to TL-WDR4300_V1_120810. I’ve been a big TP-Link fan for a long time. We’ve used several of them at work and I have set several of my friends up with them at their homes, always a good experience.. until now.

    I bought one of these when it only had 5 reviews but all very good. It’s simple to plug in an setup, same familiar interface. There seems to be a NAT issue with the router. Of the 6 devices I have 2 of them had problems. My Verizon Network Extender (Femtocell) could never connect to the Internet, the DHCP server on the router would hand out an IP but it would never actually get out. The Verizon Network Extender can be flaky at times as it’s not the most stable product. So I thought it might have just been that device so I swapped that out under warranty and the new one had the same issue. One of my other computers also had issues just trying to ping Googles DNS server by IP, Yet another computer on my same network could ping Very strange. After a while I would be able to ping servers on the Internet by IP. But if I rebooted the router it would be a problem again for about 1 hour. It just seemed like something was wrong with the routing on the router. After the firmware was upgraded the pinging my IP would resolve itself faster (was still an issue), but my Network Extender still didn’t work.

    So I exchanged the TP-Link4300 (gotta love Amazon) and got a new one. Same exact issues.

    I have since returned that and bought an Asus router with hundreds of reviews, no problems at all.

    With all that being said the TP-Link had no problems with, DHCP, port forwarding, binding MAC address to specific IPs, or any other of the advanced features I tried. I think TP-Link is a good brand and I’ll continue to buy their products in the future, but maybe just no the latest greatest one.

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  3. stem
    The manufacturer commented on this review(What’s this?)
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    Feb 16, 2013 11:20:44 PM PST

    Dear Customer,

    We are sorry to hear of the issues you were having with the TL-WDR4300. We hope this does not change your opinion on our products, as we can see you are a satisfied customer.

    We just released a new firmware for WDR4300, which improves the wireless performance, USB Read/Write speed and supports IPv6.
    Could you please give it a try?


    We appreciate your honest and thorough feedback as it helps us improve our products currently and for future releases.

    If you have any questions or concerns you would like to speak to us about, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    Thank you for supporting TP-LINK!

    Best Regards!
    TP-LINK Support Team
    (866) 225-8139

  5. 20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Wireless Router!, December 19, 2012

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    I must admit I was a bit skeptic about this wireless router since I had never heard of the brand TP-Link before and I’ve been in the IT business for years, but I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by its ease of use and performance.

    This TP-Link N600 replaced a Cisco Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit router and as far as I’m concerned it is a much better product. The Linksys one always ran very hot even after firmware updates, while this TP-Link one isn’t even warm and it’s been running non-stop without fail for the past month.

    With the provided installation CD, it was incredibly easy to set-up, for novices and experts alike, simply follow the prompts and it works like a charm. For the more advanced users it has a very wide variety of customizable features for wireless protocols and associated security features.

    To program/configure it without the CD, simply enter […] into the address bar of your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.), press enter, then you’ll see a prompt for a user name and password, just enter the word “admin” for both (without the quotation marks), click “Ok” and you’re into the router’s configuration manager. From here you can change settings on the wireless broadcast frequency, security, DHCP, parental control, access control, bandwidth control, and many, many other options.

    I have my TV, laptop, tower PC, iPhone, PS3 and VHS/Blu-ray player all connected to this wireless router and none of them have dropped the connection once, unlike the Linksys which would periodically drop the connection on my laptop. Being a dual band wireless-N router, it has a much higher bandwidth as well, which in layman’s terms means it can send much more data at a time than most of your older wireless routers. On my old wireless router I would average between 40 and 50 Mbps, whereas with this one I’m averaging speeds around 140 Mbps. Max capacity is 600 Mbps, but that’s largely theoretical, in real world applications that capacity is greatly reduced by environmental factors such as EMI, physical structures, etc.

    It also looks good which is a nice, however minor feature, and it’s fairly small so it doesn’t take up that much space.

    Setting it up is easy, simply screw the two antennas onto the back connectors, plug the power cord, then plug the ethernet/network/cat5e cable from your cable or DSL modem into the port labeled “Internet”, then plug another network cable into one of its 4 ethernet ports and plug that into your desktop/tower PC, press the power button on the back of the router, then insert the CD into your CD/DVD-ROM player and follow the instructions.

    What I really like about this router is the various buttons it has which most wireless routers lack. It has a power button which allows you to power cycle the router without having to unplug and plug the power cord back in if it needs to be restarted. It also has a reset button which will reset all the settings to factory defaults in case you forgot your wireless password. Last but not least it has a separate wireless switch so you can even disable the wireless while still using the wired connections, just in case you’re worried about someone hacking into your personal network.

    The only downside of this router is that it doesn’t support Gigabit connections, only 100 and 10 Megabit, but that’s a minor concern since most people aren’t typically transferring large files across the network from one PC or NAS box to another. In this day and age of cheap, large capacity flash drives, I think this is a moot point, and 100 Mb/s is still plenty fast for wired transfers.

    All things considered, this is the best wireless router I’ve worked with, and I’ve used most of the bigger brands like Linksys, Netgear, Buffalo, D-Link, etc. This one’s very user friendly, especially for novices, which will be your average user. The price is also a strong selling point, quite affordable with plenty of options for all the techies out there. Highly recommended!

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    Or i could be a douchebag and tell you to go buy a cisco 3800…

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